Low Carb, Low-Fat and Low-Fat Diet: Study Suggests Which One Is the Most Effective in Losing Weight

Nov 26, 2015 10:00 PM EST | By Pao Uychiat

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Diets are what influences everyone's eating choices in this generation. People seem to be more conscious about the choices of food they consume. Most of them count the calorie intake and the kind of food they choose to buy or cook.

According to Stuff, no matter what diet you follow, it is mainly divided and classified into 3. It can either be low-fat, low-calorie, or low-carbohydrate. However, which one is best?

The most popular of them all would be following the low-fat diet. This has been done since the 1960s when the myth "fat makes you fat" emerged. This came to be when the research done by scientist Ansel Keys was published. The reason why it became and remained prevalent is because fats have four times the energy density per gram such as carbohydrates.

According to Harvard Medical School and other scientific research, giving up fat doesn't actually lead to a lot of weight loss. It only makes you lose trans-fat which makes your waist become bigger. A number of studies in recent years have found that small amounts of monounsaturated fats from nuts and avocados, and saturated fats from coconut oil actually help in losing weight. However, be aware that because these are known as good fats, you can't overload on these fats and expect to lose weight right away.

One Harvard School of Public Health study focused on the idea of counting the calories of the food you consume but also looking at what kind of calories they are. This simply means that low-calorie diet is a poor way to lose weight. This kind of diet is also dangerous, simply because it doesn't give the body enough micronutrients that will leave you malnourished.

Since the low-fat and low-calorie diet are unsafe, that leaves the last option which is low-carb diet. In a current study it supports the low-carb theory that even if the other two diet options are calorie restricted, this diet isn't.  Many health journals have compared low-calorie and low-carb diet and found that the latter is more effective in the topic of weight loss. There are limitations to this diet. Research team from Tufts University in Boston said the you can eat anything from A-Z, all you need to do is cut out the refined and processed carbs from your diet.

Following the low-carb diet can be a lifestyle and not only something that you follow for the summer.

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